Episode #087 – Frozen Cocktails

While a slushie machine is *probably* impractical for the home bartender, frozen drinks are fantastic for hot summer days. The great thing about Frozen cocktails for the home bartender is that you can experiment/hide mistakes easily. But getting a good blender? There’s no substitute for that. Here are a couple of options we use or like based on feedback from friends:


With these recipes, you should play around. There’s no such thing as a perfect frozen drink. So feel free to try a variation on these, post a picture, and let us know by posting it with #ToBeingABetterDrinker!

Frozen Sangria:

  • 1 pound bag of frozen mixed berries (a good mix will help
  • 2 oranges, peeled (save the peels for garnishes)
    • ½ to ¾ cup of frozen orange juice concentrate can work, too
  • 2 cups dry red wine (chilled if you have time)
  • ½ cup brandy
  • ¼ cup triple sec or orange liqueur
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp honey or
  • ½ to ¾ cup ice to thicken


  1. Put it all in a blender (see above for a few suggestions on brands).
  2. Then pour and garnish with orange peel and a strawberry on the rim.

Having sangria “muy frio” is a great way to kick off a summer BBQ, especially if you’re serving pork, like this Grilled Pork Belly With Soy-Mirin Glaze from the New York Times Cooking section.

“Banana, Bean & Beam” Milkshake (modified from SeriousEats)

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 fresh vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped (reserve pod for another use)
  • 11 ounces premium vanilla ice cream (about 1 3/4 packed cups)
  • ½ banana, frozen
  • 1 ½ oz Jim Beam bourbon
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg


  1. First combine the milk, vanilla bean, cinnamon, banana, nutmeg, and bourbon and blend for 5 seconds.
  2. Then, add the ice cream and blend until smooth, about 10 seconds.
  3. Put on some cool music like “Holy Ghost” by The Bar-Kays and just bop your head to great bass lines of James Alexander and realize that YOU ARE AWESOME AND THIS MILKSHAKE SIMPLY AMPLIFIES YOUR AWESOMENESS.

“Put the Pinky on Ice”: Gross name, fun drink.

  • 4 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup chilled rosé
  • ½ cup dark rum or brandy
  • 8 oz strawberries, hulled, quartered
  • 4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ to ¾ cups of ice to thicken


  1. Combine all ingredient in a blender and blend for 10-15 seconds until smooth.
  2. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a strawberry on the rim